No charges for rocker Doherty over party death

Thu May 12, 2011 9:51am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - British musician Pete Doherty, best known as a member of Babyshambles and The Libertines, will not face charges over the death of an actor at a party in 2006, prosecutors said Thursday.

Mark Blanco, 30, died after plunging from a balcony at a flat in Whitechapel in east London.

After examining the case in detail, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was insufficient evidence to charge any individual with either murder or manslaughter.

Blanco was involved in a confrontation with Doherty, his minder Johnny Jeannevol and a friend Paul Roundhill at the party shortly before his death, investigations have shown.

All three have denied any wrongdoing and an inquest and police reports have failed to establish the circumstances which led to the death.

Jeremy Hopkins, head of the CPS London Complex Casework Unit, said none of the evidence available was capable of establishing that Blanco was thrown or pushed from the balcony or that any other individual was present when he fell.

"If any further evidence does come to light, we will, of course, review our decision in accordance with our normal practices," he added in a statement.

Blanco's family has been waging a long campaign for an inquiry and has already vowed to issue private proceedings against Doherty.

(Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi, Editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>Musician Pete Doherty listens to the media during the Positivus music festival in Salacgriva, about 100 km (62 miles) from Riga July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins</p>